Smaller schools succeed in math
Fiordland College students Jack McGlade, Lisa Scott, Blake De Bettencor and Sophie Willans, all 12, won first place in this year’s Southland Maths Association maths competition year 7 section.
Southland Maths Association president Bryan Forde said he was impressed at the win.
‘‘It is the first time Fiordland has won any section, which is very good for a small school,’’ he said.
It seemed the smaller schools were the ones that shone at this year’s competition.
‘‘Hedgehope getting third in that section was fairly awesome. It is a very small school.’’
The competition has been running for about 45 years, and this year 35 schools took part.
Students had 30 minutes to answer up to 40 problem solving questions in groups of four, with questions getting more difficult as they went on, Forde said.
It taught the students problem solving skills, co operation and team work.
‘‘They benefit from communication, listening and participation, and confidence for the smaller schools.’’
It was open for all students, not just the top achievers, to have a go and enjoy maths.
‘‘Taking part is important ... we see smiles, it’s good.’’
The competition was an ‘‘old school formula’’ that worked every year, for students from year 7 to 10.
‘‘The kids really enjoy it, they have fun.’’
With technology becoming more prominent in young people’s lives, it was ever more important that children did not let their maths slip.
The calculator was a tool, but students needed to know how to use it, and knowing their times tables was also a priority, Forde said.
Winners received calculators valued at $140, and there were drink bottles, bags and gift vouchers up for grabs too.
Year 8 winners - James Hargest College 1 - Brianna Loan, Timothy Holloway, Connor Steel and Danny Richardson.
Year 9 winners - James Hargest College 1 - Daniel Harley, Regan Cross, Finn Cruickshank and Henry Huynh.
Year 10 winners - Central Southland College 1 - Max Cowie, Justin Hindle, Ella Bryan and Harriot Price.
Fiordland College students Jack McGlade, Lisa Scott, Blake De Bettencor and Sophie Willians, all 12.